TOWebViewController 2.2.8

TOWebViewController 2.2.8

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License Unknown
ReleasedLast Release Jul 2018

Maintained by Tim Oliver.

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  • Tim Oliver


An Inline Web Browser for iOS Apps


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TOWebViewController is an open-source UIViewController subclass designed to let apps quickly present web page content to its users, without needing to kick them over to Safari. TOWebViewController has been designed from the ground up to be easily integrated into existing projects, to take advantage of the latest features of iOS, and to optionally be backwards compatible with (significantly) earlier versions of iOS.


  • Powered by UIWebView, backwards compatible down to iOS 5.
  • Full navigation buttons set, including back, forward, refresh and an optional share/action button.
  • Detects whether being pushed modally, or via a navigation controller and adjusts the UI accordingly.
  • A page load progress bar (using ninjinkun's amazing algorithm).
  • Plays a smooth, elegant rotation animation if/when the user rotates the device.
  • Icons are procedurally generated by CoreGraphics (ie, no unnecessary image assets at all!).
  • Compatible with iOS 8 size classes, including split-screen on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.
  • 1Password automatic password input extension support.
  • (TODO) A proper delegate system to allow external classes to interact with this controller.
  • (TODO) Basic navigation history that displays when long-pressing the back/forward buttons.
  • (TODO) A proper 'Error Occurred/Not connected to the internet' dialog view.


TOWebViewController is smart enough to be able to tell when it's being presented as a modal popup, and when it's being pushed onto a UINavigationController and to change its button layout accordingly.

Presenting as a Modal Dialog

When presenting as a modal popup, it is still necessary to create a parent UINavigationController in order for the buttons to display properly:

TOWebViewController *webViewController = [[TOWebViewController alloc] initWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@""]];
UINavigationController *navigationController = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:webViewController];
[self presentViewController:navigationController animated:YES completion:nil];

Pushing onto a UINavigationController

TOWebViewController *webViewController = [[TOWebViewController alloc] initWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@""]];
[self.navigationController pushViewController:webViewController animated:YES];

System Requirements

iOS 5.0 or above


As a CocoaPods Dependency

Add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'TOWebViewController'

As a Carthage Dependency

Add the following to your Cartfile:

github ""

Manual Installation

Download this project from GitHub, move the subfolder named 'TOWebViewController' over to your project folder, and drag it into your Xcode project.

After that, you'll need to link the following system frameworks to your project:

  • QuartzCore.framework
  • CoreGraphics.framework
  • MessageUI.framework
  • Twitter.framework

Why no WKWebView adoption?

While WKWebView does look much nicer than UIWebView, it has several show-stopping issues. Most importantly, session and cookie data that is created inside a WKWebView isn't accessible by the rest of the Foundation framework. Since a large goal in building this project was to allow users to log into web accounts and subsequently use that session to download files, this is simply unacceptable.

TOWebViewController will not be adopting WKWebView at any point in the future. If you would like an alternative view controller that does, please give DZNWebViewController a try!

What about SFSafariViewController?

Starting from iOS 9, Apple now provides a built-in web view controller of similar functionality named SFSafariViewController. If your app is only targeting iOS 9, and it completely fills your requirements, then it is absolutely recommended that you adopt SFSafariViewController instead of TOWebViewController.

That being said, if you are still targeting lower iOS versions, or require more customisability than SFSafariViewController provides, then TOWebViewController can still serve as a viable alternative.


TOWebViewController was originally created by Tim Oliver as a component for iComics, a comic reader app for iOS.

Thanks also goes to TOWebViewController's growing list of contributors!

iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6s Plus device mockups by Pixeden.


TOWebViewController is licensed under the MIT License. For more information, please see the LICENSE file. analytics